Fierce Fangirl Friday: STAR WARS

Woot HAPPY FRIDAY wonderful people!!!

I haven’t done this yet, and have been meaning to. Fierce Fangirl Friday is hosted by Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd

Whenever you have something, anything to fangirl about – whether it be a book, TV show, music, celebrities, your pet, the universe, finding your soulmate or just a recent meal that you’ve had – Fierce Fangirl Friday is your opportunity to do so! It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent obsession of yours or something you’ve been loving for a while!

FANGIRL MODE COMMENCE….

I. LOVE. STARWARS.

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Like, so freaking much…my life revolves around Star Wars movies. I generally try and watch Star Wars every month whether it is just one of the movies or if I have a marathon (which I just did recently).

I grew up watching Episodes 4, 5 & 6. Han Solo and Princess Leia were my heroes…ESPECIALLY Han Solo because he was SUPER CUTE.

R2D2 is another favourite because he is such a little smart-ass and I love the banter between him and C3P0. I also love BB-8 and K-2SO, it just amazes how much life these droids infuse into the Star Wars series.

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I absolutely LOVE Rogue One…like, that movie is seriously freaking AMAZING! I feel like I want more people to feel the same way I do about this movie because I think it is just NEXT LEVEL AWESOME. And Darth at the end…if you have seen it you will know what I am talking about…OMG.

Episodes 1, 2 & 3 are my least favourite, but 3 is my most preferred because so much happens. Anakin and Obi-Wan at the end…EPIC!!

While I’m at it, can I just say that I am LOVING anything related to The Last Jedi…I am so freaking hyped over this movie and CANNOT WAIT for December. Who are Rey’s parents? What are Kylo Ren’s true intentions? WHAT IS UP WITH LUKE SKYWALKER?!?

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It’s LESS THAN 3 MONTHS AWAY and I CANNOT WAIT!!!!

Anyway, that’s it from me! Any other Star Wars fangirls out there?

Steff xx

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Story Time: The President & The Mockingjay

Written by: Steff!!

Once upon a time, there was a man with fake orange skin. It was well known that like the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, he did not have a brain. Because of this, he took his anger out on the rest of the world.

He divided the country into districts and made them compete for their lives. He built walls and deprived marginalised groups of their human rights. He sat in the Capitol as a ruthless President of Panem and showed no remorse for his evil-doings.

The world fell into disarray, healthcare became non-existant, trans people forced into hiding. Dissent amongst the public grew, and out of the ashes arose the Mockingjay, a girl who looked a lot like Actress Jennifer Lawrence. The Mockingjay carried with her a magic dust which was able to transform beings into something they hated the most.

One day, the President went for his weekly tanning appointment. Unbeknownst to him, the Mockingjay had added this magic dust to the tanning mix. Upon exiting the tanning salon he noticed two things…weight on his chest and an absence below the belt. Looking in the mirror, the President howled with rage for he had turned in to what he hated most – a woman.

The President screamed and ripped at his face, falling to his knees he cursed the Gods for such a fate befalling him. He fell into great despair and retreated to his room, hiding from the rest of the world while it still fell apart around him.

A week later the Mockingjay snuck into his rooms and offered a deal. If he stood down as President, she would put the magic dust into his fake tan that would reverse any changes. The President quickly agreed, crying with glee. She once again put the magic dust into his fake tan only this time he turned into a…

Mosquito.

Immediately, the President (or what was left of him), saw the beautiful fluorescent light that the Mockingjay was holding. In a daze he flew into it…and the rest, they say, is history.

The End.

 

For the Love of Reading – When You Need To Step Back From Social Media

I started up this blog and joined Twitter around September last year, wanting to be a part of the book community because I wanted to talk about what I love most – books. For anyone who has Twitter, it can be a bit of a tough place. You can put posts up and have no-one like them, and sometimes you will have hundreds of people like the ones that you think no-one will like. For a small word slip you can be open to criticism, trolling, subtweets (which can be SUPER passive aggressive), death threats…the list goes on.

In more simple words – Twitter can be an absolute trash fire.

I have made it no secret that I am quite left-wing. Anything a right-wing calls “bleeding-heart” would pretty much describe me in a nutshell. I make absolutely no apologies for this because I don’t think there is ANYTHING wrong with wanting peace and love. And I think this is where being on Twitter isn’t always great for me, especially on top of already suffering from anxiety and depression.

I would get hooked on tweets about racism, ableism, sexism and homophobia. Seeing people from minorities in the book community and the things that they were going through or exposed to would make me rage, especially when some of these people were being let down by their favourite authors and peers. I would spend hours going through tweets, tweets that I knew would make me angry and anxious and make me want to go on a big verbal tirade. And while all of this is happening I am thinking (with my bleeding-heart of course) “why can’t people just be kind to one another?”.

On top of all of this, a part of my personality which is sometimes to my detriment, is the fact that I have this inherent need to please people…to make people like me. I’m not as bad as I used to be, I used to stay up all night worrying about whether someone liked me or if I had said something that made someone mad at me. I don’t do this anymore, however I found that Twitter was making me worry whether people like me or not…which when you think of it is pretty silly considering I don’t know anyone personally on Twitter. But putting up a tweet and having no-one like it, then seeing someone put the exact same thing up and get hundreds of likes…not good for this anxious mind.

So over the last few months, my anxiety kept building and building. Facebook was not a good place for  me to go to either because I would get upset when people say they are voting “No” in our stupid vote for same-sex marriage. I would go through comments on articles, reading hateful comments – which of course then makes me angry and upset and anxious. Skipping between facebook and twitter therefore made me a bit of a mess.

About a week ago I reached the peak of my anxiety where I only got a couple of hours of sleep…what did I stay up doing? Reading Facebook and Twitter…**sigh**. It was then that my husband said to me “do you realise how often you are on your phone?” and he highly encouraged me to take a break from social media as my mental health obviously hasn’t been great. I really had to take a step back and look at my behaviour which was almost becoming obsessive compulsive…about people liking me, about looking for comments that would make me angry and about being “up to date” and “relevant”.

I therefore deactivated my Facebook and went on Twitter hiatus. I haven’t caved in and checked either accounts as I have actually been feeling a lot better since then, and have found that I’m not getting so caught up on things. Of course, my anxiety is still there – it was there before social media, but not having these added factors exacerbate my mental illness definitely makes it a bit easier. I am feeling more “present” as I’m not just on my phone all of the time. I am also enjoying reading a lot more as I’m not worrying about people saying that the book I’m reading has something wrong with it.

So here is my recommendation to you. If you are finding that you are becoming overwhelmed with life, maybe look at doing what I have done. You don’t have to stick with it, you can even just go on social media hiatus for a week. Take a step back from social media and focus on yourself and your health.

I would also recommend this if you are finding you aren’t enjoying reading books because of social media…reading is something you should enjoy, and if people are making you feel bad for liking or reading certain books/authors then it isn’t going to make the experience enjoyable for you.

I know it has only been a bit over a week but I’m not planning on going back to either accounts any time soon. I just can’t afford to worry about things that are outside of my control, and it is giving more of a chance to catch up on blogging and reading posts from bloggers whom I have a great deal of respect for.

This bleeding-heart wishes nothing but peace and love for you all.

Steff xx

A – Z Bookish Tag

I came across this fun tag at Literary Weaponry and thought it would be a fun/different one to do. There’s a bit to get through, so we’ll get into it…

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Author you’ve read the most books from:

Hmm…It would be a contest between Cassandra Clare and Sarah J Maas – I think CC has more books out (at the moment) so I’ll go with her.

Best Sequel Ever:

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas –  **swoons**

Gemina – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann

Golden Son – Pierce Brown (this book DESTROYED me)

Currently Reading:

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – only 14 pages in and already absolutely LOVING it!!!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Well this is boring but water…it’s important to keep hydrated whilst reading, especially if you accidentally skip meals because you are soooo into the book you are reading.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical!! I am OBSESSED with books…I love how they feel, how they smell, and how the left side gets bigger as you get through the book. This all sounds very sexual, sorry about that.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Ugh…Tamlin…there were a few I tell ya. Now I am with a Simon from the Mortal Instruments – nerdy but sweet 🙂

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Illuminae – I thought this book was quite intimidating and looked really hard to read. I couldn’t have been more wrong…it ended up being one of my favourites!!

Hidden Gem Book:

The Changelings Journey by Christine Spoors – I only say that this is “hidden” because Christine is a fellow blogger and she self-published this little beauty…so there may be quite a few of you who haven’t heard of it or read it yet. PLEASE DO!!! It is such a lovely book filled with folk lore and adventure. It is one of my favourites 🙂

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I picked up City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, I had been kind of over reading because I didn’t know what genre I liked. This book opened up the door to my love for fantasy.

Just Finished:

Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Crime/thriller – No, no, no. Crime actually really scares me, I would prefer horror over crime and that is the truth.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Probably one of the Outlander books…I think the fourth book got to around 1400 pages!!

Major book hangover because of:

Empire of Storms – it was such a major book hangover that I haven’t gone back to re-read it…it’s just too much.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Umm…this is really sad but ONE. I don’t have anywhere else in the house to put a book case so now that I have used up all of the room in the bookcase, they are being stacked up in cupboards etc.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas – I LOVE this book….soooooooo much!!! This is my favourite book in the series and overall. I am going to be getting a tattoo of the front cover, THAT’S how much I love it!!

Preferred Place To Read:

On the couch or outside under a tree.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything”.

– Cassandra Clare, Lord of Shadows

Reading Regret:

Not reading for YEARS because I hadn’t been introduced to fantasy. Now I have so much to catch up on and it makes me super sad!!

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Wheel of Time series – I need to start on book 9 soon. While I love this series, it is SO FREAKING LONG!! But I am interested to see where it is all heading, plus I can’t wait to gloat about the fact that I read a 14 book series.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire – J.K Rowling

Red Rising – Pierce Brown

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Mia Corvere, Delilah Bard or Aelin Galythinius – these 3 are everything.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Umm MORE DELILAH BARD!!!! Like, I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Buying books when I already have a thousand books I haven’t read yet.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Ravens Shadow – Elspeth Cooper – I love this series and I can’t wait for the final book to come out one day (for anyone who has read this series and is wondering about the final book, I found this book blog post from the Author – “A Needful Thing“)

Your latest book purchase:

Godsgrave and the Tower of Dawn hardcover

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

It’s a while back, but it would have to be Empire of Storms. I didn’t even eat dinner, I just read, read, read until like, 3am. Like I said, this book destroyed me!!

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Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this one, and if you made it to the end then I applaud you!! If you wanna do this tag go ahead, just make sure you tag me so that I can read your answers 🙂

Steff xx